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My favorite memories have all centered around friends and family enjoying a meal together! It might have been a special holiday or a celebration, or it might have been dinner with friends at a great restaurant. I hope you will enjoy some of my favorite recipes and take time to fellowship with those seated at your table. You might make a memory to last forever!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Rustic Apple Pie with Walnut Streusel

I love Apple Pie...and if you add a crunchy, walnut streusel...even better!  This is a recipe that I have been making for several years, always delicious, always perfect!  However, if time allows, I make my own piecrust.  This apple pie recipe has many steps, so, having a piecrust on hand is a timesaver~~less time and less mess!   Brushing the crust with milk makes it extra flaky; and the sprinking of raw sugar gives the pie a beautiful, golden sparkle and a little surprising crunch!  Add a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, and, ahhhh~~~comfort at it's best!  Curl up with a loved one, under a quilt, by the fire and share this warm dessert!

Rustic Apple Pie with Walnut Streusel

½ Pkg. Pillsbury Pie Crusts

2 Tbl. Milk
2 Tbl. Sugar
     (to be used later)


4-5 large apples, peeled and cut into 1-1 1/2 inch pieces
½ cup sugar
2 Tbl. flour
1 Tbl. lemon juice
¾ tsp. cinnamon

Combine apples and remaining ingredients; set aside.


4 Tbl. butter
4 Tbl. firmly packed brown sugar
4 Tbl. flour
½ cup chopped walnuts

Make the topping first. Combine all ingredients with a pastry blender or food processor til crumbly; chill.

Roll pie crust, on lightly floured parchment paper, into a 12 inch circle. Move onto a baking pan. Place the apple filling in the center of pie crust, leaving about a 2 inch edge. Gently fold edges of piecrust over the filling. If needed, with a little water, use your fingers to “glue” any thin areas together. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees. Remove from oven; crumble topping mixture over center of pie. Brush sides of crust with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Return to oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Crust should be lightly brown and center bubbly.

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